California

Just one more ghost in Panamint City

The sun had set when I saw someone walking up the canyon along the remains of the old road to Panamint. It wasn't dark enough for artificial light, but it was getting close. I was on the front porch, cooking dinner. I was not expecting visitors—not up there, no, not in that corner of the world.

(Charlie Manson's last hideout, where he was captured in 1969, is in the mountains just a few miles south of Panamint. Helter Skelter, indeed.)

Panamint backpacking

Sentinel Peak

Telescope Peak

    Panoramas from the Heart of the Mojave

    A week ago, I was forced to go to Sacramento for a business trip -- forced, as in "don't fling me in dat brier-patch." Seriously. Have to leave Houston to go to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada? There are many, many worse things in life. I'll write more about the trip later. I'm still fussing with a .kmz file that shows my travels on a map. You know me: I'm obsessed with maps.

    Badwater

    Badwater

    Badwater, Death Valley National Park, CA

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    Panamint Valley, CA

    Panamint Valley, CA

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    Rose Bowl

    Rose Bowl

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    En route to the Rose Bowl

    En route to the Rose Bowl

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    Baker, CA

    Baker, CA

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